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Evaluation of Remote Check: A Clinical Tool for Asynchronous Monitoring and Triage of Cochlear Implant Recipients.

Ear Hear 2021 Jul 27. Epub 2021 Jul 27.

Cochlear Limited, 1 University Ave Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

Background: A new Remote Check App permits remote self-testing of hearing function for Nucleus cochlear implant (CI) recipients and enables asynchronous review by their clinician to support patient-management decisions.

Objectives: To evaluate the Remote Check App for: (1) ease of use; (2) overall acceptance of the test battery by CI recipient or their carer in the home setting; (3) test-retest reliability of audiological threshold and speech recognition measures via wireless streaming; and (4) to compare outcomes from patient-driven measures with conventional clinician-driven measurements of aided-hearing function.

Design: Single-site, prospective, repeated-measures cohort study with 32 experienced CI users (28 adults and 4 children). Read More

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Factors Associated With Hearing Aid Use Among Medicare Beneficiaries.

Innov Aging 2021 23;5(3):igab021. Epub 2021 Jun 23.

Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Background And Objectives: In the United States, up to two-thirds of older adults have hearing loss. Untreated hearing loss can have significant health outcomes, yet less than 20% of adults with hearing loss use hearing aids. In this study, we examined potential factors associated with hearing aid use, including detailed measures of health status, access to care, patient engagement, and technology use, in a nationally representative sample of Medicare beneficiaries. Read More

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Evaluation of a Novel Speech-in-Noise Test for Hearing Screening: Classification Performance and Transducers Characteristics.

IEEE J Biomed Health Inform 2021 Jul 27;PP. Epub 2021 Jul 27.

One of the current gaps in teleaudiology is the lack of methods for adult hearing screening viable for use in individuals of unknown language and in varying environments. We have developed a novel automated speech-in-noise test that uses stimuli viable for use in non-native listeners. The test reliability has been demonstrated in laboratory settings and in uncontrolled environmental noise settings in previous studies. Read More

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A Qualitative Evidence Synthesis of Parental Experiences and Perceptions of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Preschool Children With Communication Difficulties.

J Speech Lang Hear Res 2021 Jul 21:1-27. Epub 2021 Jul 21.

School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland Galway.

Purpose Parent-child interaction therapy refers to a number of interventions mediated by trained parents to treat developmental difficulties, including speech, language, and communication. Understanding the experiences of parents who take part in parent-child interaction therapy is a key aspect of determining how this intervention can be implemented successfully. However, to date, there has been limited work on synthesizing parental views of this intervention. Read More

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The evaluation of global cognitive and emotional status of older patients with chronic tinnitus.

Brain Behav 2021 Jul 21:e02074. Epub 2021 Jul 21.

Institute of Otolaryngology, Fondazione Policlinico Agostino Gemelli, IRCCS, Rome, Italy.

Objectives: Tinnitus is a common symptom largely impactful on quality of life, especially in the elderly. Our aim was to evaluate the efficacy of self-administered screening tests to correlate the severity of subjective perception of tinnitus with emotional disorders and the overall cognitive status.

Methods: Patients aged ≥ 55 years with chronic tinnitus were recruited and submitted to a complete audiological evaluation; Tinnitus Handicap inventory (THI); Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS-A and HADS-D) and Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE). Read More

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Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss in Mild COVID-19: Case Series and Analysis of the Literature.

Audiol Res 2021 Jul 1;11(3):313-326. Epub 2021 Jul 1.

Unit of Audiology, Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, Magna Graecia University, 88100 Catanzaro, Italy.

Background: There is growing evidence of otoneurological involvement of SARS-CoV-2, such as tinnitus and balance disorders and smell and taste disorders, but HL in COVID-19 patients has still been marginally studied. Investigating the role of SARS-CoV-2 as an aetiological factor of Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSNHL) may offer the opportunity to address treatment strategies to maximize clinical recovery and avoid side effects.

Methods And Results: For this purpose, we will present case studies of five patients who experienced SSNHL during COVID-19. Read More

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A New Call to Action to Combat an Old Nemesis: Addressing Rising Congenital Syphilis Rates in the United States.

J Womens Health (Larchmt) 2021 Jul;30(7):920-926

Division of STD Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Congenital syphilis (CS) is on the rise in the United States and is a growing public health concern. CS is an infection with in an infant or fetus, acquired via transplacental transmission when a pregnant woman has untreated or inadequately treated syphilis. Pregnant women with untreated syphilis are more likely to experience pregnancies complicated by stillbirth, prematurity, low birth weight, and early infant death, while their children can develop clinical manifestations of CS such as hepatosplenomegaly, bone abnormalities, developmental delays, and hearing loss. Read More

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A Broadly Applicable Method for Characterizing the Slope of the Electrically Evoked Compound Action Potential Amplitude Growth Function.

Ear Hear 2021 Jun 16. Epub 2021 Jun 16.

1Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA 2Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands 3University Medical Center Utrecht Brain Center, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands; 4Kresge Hearing Research Institute, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA 5Department of Otolaryngology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, USA 6Department of Audiology, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

Objectives: Amplitudes of electrically evoked compound action potentials (eCAPs) as a function of the stimulation level constitute the eCAP amplitude growth function (AGF). The slope of the eCAP AGF (i.e. Read More

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Field Attenuation of Foam Earplugs.

Saf Health Work 2021 Jun 2;12(2):184-191. Epub 2020 Oct 2.

Psychology Department, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St. Toronto, ON, M5B 2K3, Canada.

Background: Hearing protection devices (HPDs) are often used in the workplace to prevent hearing damage caused by noise. However, a factor that can lead to hearing loss in the workplace is improper HPD fitting, and the previous literature has shown that instructing workers on how to properly insert their HPDs can make a significant difference in the degree of attenuation.

Methods: Two studies were completed on a total of 33 Hydro One workers. Read More

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Child Welfare Services Response to COVID-19: Addressing Face-to-Face Contacts.

J Child Fam Stud 2021 Jun 16:1-13. Epub 2021 Jun 16.

College of Social Work, University of South Carolina, 1512 Pendleton Street, Hamilton College, Columbia, SC USA.

During the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, child welfare case managers faced contradictions in their responsibility to make regular in-person contact with children and families to promote safety, permanency, and well-being while following public health directives to avoid social contact in order to curb COVID-19 infections. In response, federal guidance was issued regarding the use of technology to maintain mandated contacts with children in foster care. States had to make decisions about how to handle other contact types. Read More

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A community-based service enhancement model of training and employing Ear Health Facilitators to address the crisis in ear and hearing health of Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory, the Hearing for Learning Initiative (the HfLI): study protocol for a stepped-wedge cluster randomised trial.

Trials 2021 Jun 16;22(1):403. Epub 2021 Jun 16.

Menzies School of Health Research, Charles Darwin University, 58 Rocklands Drive, Darwin, NT, 0810, Australia.

Background: Almost all Aboriginal children in remote communities have persistent bilateral otitis media affecting hearing and learning throughout early childhood and school years, with consequences for social and educational outcomes, and later employment opportunities. Current primary health care and specialist services do not have the resources to meet the complex needs of these children.

Method/design: This stepped-wedge cluster randomised trial will allocate 18 communities to one of five 6-monthly intervention start dates. Read More

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Sinonasal surgery alters brain structure and function: Neuroanatomical correlates of olfactory dysfunction.

J Neurosci Res 2021 Jun 10. Epub 2021 Jun 10.

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, TU Dresden, Dresden, Germany.

Olfactory dysfunction (OD) is more common than hearing loss, partial blindness, or blindness and can have a significant impact on the quality of life. Moreover, unexplained OD is an early biomarker in neurodegenerative diseases and increases 5-year mortality risk. Structural alterations in olfactory eloquent brain regions may represent the neuroanatomical correlates of OD. Read More

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Hearing impaired older adults in the acute care setting: An innovation solution to improve care.

Geriatr Nurs 2021 Jun 4. Epub 2021 Jun 4.

Old Dominion University, 1881 University Dr., VA Beach, VA 23453, United States. Electronic address:

Hearing loss is prevalent in the geriatric population. Healthcare systems and providers are challenged to meet communication needs in hearing impaired adults in the acute care setting. Patients with impaired-hearing pose risk to themselves and the healthcare system. Read More

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Addressing Hearing and Vision Impairment in Long-Term Care: An Important and Often-Neglected Care Priority.

J Am Med Dir Assoc 2021 06;22(6):1151-1155

Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Department of Allied Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.

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Variation of the cochlear anatomy and cochlea duct length: analysis with a new tablet-based software.

Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2021 May 29. Epub 2021 May 29.

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, LMU Klinikum, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Marchioninistr. 15, 81377, Munich, Germany.

Purpose: In cochlear implantation, thorough preoperative planning together with measurement of the cochlear duct length (CDL) assists in choosing the correct electrode length. For measuring the CDL, different techniques have been introduced in the past century along with the then available technology. A tablet-based software offers an easy and intuitive way to visualize and analyze the anatomy of the temporal bone, its proportions and measure the CDL. Read More

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Multidisciplinary Management of Alport Syndrome: Current Perspectives.

Clifford Kashtan

J Multidiscip Healthc 2021 21;14:1169-1180. Epub 2021 May 21.

Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Nephrology, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN, 55454, USA.

Alport syndrome is a multisystem disorder that universally affects the kidney and frequently involves the inner ear and the eye. Over the course of a lifetime, addressing the health care needs of a person with Alport syndrome and their family entails the services of primary providers, nephrologists, genetic counselors, audiologists, ophthalmologists, transplant physicians, kidney dieticians, and social workers as well as other healthcare professionals. This article attempts to provide context and guidance regarding the multidisciplinary care of Alport syndrome based on the natural history of the condition. Read More

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Advancements in Stem Cell Technology and Organoids for the Restoration of Sensorineural Hearing Loss.

J Am Acad Audiol 2021 May 25. Epub 2021 May 25.

Department of Otolaryngology, Cochlear Implant and Hearing Research Laboratory, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida.

Background:  Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is a significant cause of morbidity worldwide and currently has no curative treatment. Technological advancements in stem cell therapy have led to numerous studies that examine the generation of otic sensory cells from progenitors to restore inner ear function. Recently, organoids have emerged as a promising technique to further advance the process of creating functional replacement cells after irreversible hearing loss. Read More

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Evidence gaps in economic analyses of hearing healthcare: A systematic review.

EClinicalMedicine 2021 May 8;35:100872. Epub 2021 May 8.

Department of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, United States.

Background: Hearing loss is a common and costly medical condition. This systematic review sought to identify evidence gaps in published model-based economic analyses addressing hearing loss to inform model development for an ongoing Lancet Commission.

Methods: We searched the published literature through 14 June 2020 and our inclusion criteria included decision model-based cost-effectiveness analyses that addressed diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of hearing loss. Read More

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Hearing Impairment and Cognition in an Aging World.

J Assoc Res Otolaryngol 2021 May 18. Epub 2021 May 18.

Department, of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA.

With the increasing number of older adults around the world, the overall number of dementia cases is expected to rise dramatically in the next 40 years. In 2020, nearly 6 million individuals in the USA were living with Alzheimer's disease, the most common type of dementia, with anticipated growth to nearly 14 million by year 2050. This increasing prevalence, coupled with high societal burden, makes prevention and intervention of dementia a medical and public health priority. Read More

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Multimorbidity and Subjective Cognitive Complaints: Findings from 48 Low- and Middle-Income Countries of the World Health Survey 2002-2004.

J Alzheimers Dis 2021 ;81(4):1737-1747

Research and Development Unit, Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu, CIBERSAM, Dr. Antoni Pujadas, Barcelona, Spain.

Background: Data on the association between multimorbidity and subjective cognitive complaints (SCC) are lacking from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Objective: To assess the association between multimorbidity and SCC among adults from 48 LMICs.

Methods: Cross-sectional, community-based data were analyzed from the World Health Survey 2002-2004. Read More

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January 2021

Coping With Tinnitus During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Am J Audiol 2021 Jun 12;30(2):385-393. Epub 2021 May 12.

Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX.

Purpose The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted normal operations of health care services, broad sectors of the economy, and the ability to socialize freely. For those with tinnitus, such changes can be factors in exacerbating tinnitus. The purpose of this study was to determine tinnitus help-seeking behavior, which resources individuals utilized to cope during the pandemic, and what additional support is desired. Read More

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Tinnitus and its associations with general health, mental health and hearing loss.

Prog Brain Res 2021 29;262:431-450. Epub 2021 Mar 29.

Ear Science Institute Australia, Subiaco, WA, Australia; Ear Sciences Centre, The University of Western Australia, Nedlands, WA, Australia.

Background: A deeper knowledge of tinnitus is essential in order to better manage and treat tinnitus and its effects. Most studies to date are based on small samples and/or conducted in clinical settings. In this study we assessed the associations between tinnitus, general and mental health, hearing status and demographics in a large population cohort study. Read More

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Healthcare-Seeking Behaviors Among Medicare Beneficiaries by Functional Hearing Status.

J Aging Health 2021 Apr 29:8982643211011799. Epub 2021 Apr 29.

Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA.

Hearing loss is associated with higher health expenditures and poor healthcare utilization. This study aims to build on these findings by characterizing the association between hearing status and healthcare-seeking behaviors among Medicare beneficiaries. Cross-sectional log-binominal regression was used to assess the association between self-report hearing and healthcare-seeking behaviors (avoidance or delay of care, personal health concerns, and sharing health status) using the 2016 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey ( = 12,140). Read More

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The Association of Vision, Hearing, and Dual-Sensory Loss with Walking Speed and Incident Slow Walking: Longitudinal and Time to Event Analyses in the Health and Retirement Study.

Semin Hear 2021 Feb 15;42(1):75-84. Epub 2021 Apr 15.

Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland.

With the aging of the population, vision (VL), hearing (HL), and dual-sensory (DSL, concurrent VL and HL) loss will likely constitute important public health challenges. Walking speed is an indicator of functional status and is associated with mortality. Using the Health and Retirement Study, a nationally representative U. Read More

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February 2021

Questionnaires in otology: a systematic mapping review.

Syst Rev 2021 04 20;10(1):119. Epub 2021 Apr 20.

Amsterdam UMC, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Ear & Hearing, Amsterdam Public Health research institute, De Boelelaan, 1117, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Background: Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) are valuable tools in assessing the quality of health care from a patient perspective and are increasingly used by otologists. However, selecting the right questionnaire has proven to be a difficult and time-consuming task. To facilitate this process, we will provide a comprehensive overview of existing questionnaires. Read More

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Endoscopic Repair of a Temporal Bone Pneumatocele.

Otol Neurotol 2021 Aug;42(7):e972

Kolling Deafness Research Centre, Royal North Shore Hospital, University of Sydney.

Objective: Pneumatoceles of the temporal bone are rare entities. A symptomatic external auditory canal pneumatocele repaired endoscopically is demonstrated.

Methods: A 79-year-old man presented with fluctuating hearing loss and difficulty wearing in-ear hearing aids. Read More

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A survey of vocal health in church choir singers.

Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2021 Aug 10;278(8):2907-2917. Epub 2021 Apr 10.

Department of Speech and Hearing, Manipal College of Health Professions, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, 576104, India.

Purpose: Choir singing is an important tradition of Christian worship across India. However, vocal health issues related to the church choir singers are less addressed in the literature. Hence, this study aimed to investigate the prevalence of vocal symptoms, identify the variables associated with increased risk of voice problems and knowledge of factors influencing vocal health in church choir singers. Read More

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Physical multimorbidity and social participation in adults aged ≥65 years from six low- and middle-income countries.

J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 2021 Mar 31. Epub 2021 Mar 31.

Research and Development Unit, Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu, Universitat de Barcelona, Fundació Sant Joan de Déu, CIBERSAM, Barcelona, Spain.

Objectives: Multimorbidity is common among older adults from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Social participation has a role in protecting against negative health consequences, yet its association with multimorbidity is unclear, particularly in LMICs. Thus, this study investigated the relationship between physical multimorbidity and social participation among older adults across six LMICs. Read More

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Hearing health information in Malaysian public schools: a step towards addressing a public health concern.

Int J Audiol 2021 Mar 22:1-7. Epub 2021 Mar 22.

Centre for Rehabilitation and Special Needs Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Objective: This study aimed to examine hearing-related information in public school textbooks in Malaysia to gain insight into the country's hearing health education.

Design: Qualitative content analysis on all textbooks used in Malaysian public schools in the year 2019 were conducted to identify the content and structure of information delivery through 11 years of formal education. Information related to hearing health was extracted and categorised according to the themes that emerged. Read More

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Remote Assessment of Verbal Memory in Youth With Cochlear Implants During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Am J Speech Lang Pathol 2021 03 18;30(2):740-747. Epub 2021 Mar 18.

Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis.

Purpose Youth with cochlear implants (CIs) are at risk for delays in verbal short-term memory (STM)/working memory (WM), which adversely affect language, neurocognitive, and behavioral outcomes. Assessment of verbal STM/WM is critical for identifying and addressing these delays, but standard assessment procedures require face-to-face (FTF) administration. The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility and validity of remote testing methods (teleassessment) of verbal STM/WM in youth with CIs as a method of addressing COVID-19-related restrictions on FTF test administration. Read More

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